ASSA ABLOY UK to hold fire safety event in tandem with West Midlands Fire Service

As part of the nationwide Fire Door Safety Week campaign for 2017 (which runs from 25 September-1 October), a special event has been organised at West Midlands Fire Service headquarters in Birmingham on Thursday 28 September, offering fire safety advice to architects, building managers and specifiers. Organised by ASSA ABLOY UK, the event is designed to afford attendees practical advice, support and key recommendations on how to save lives by delivering assured fire safety at all times.

The latest fire statistics issued by the Home Office reveal that 261 people died and that there were more than 10,000 non-fatal casualties arising from fire incidents across England between April 2016 and March this year.

Arranged by the British Woodworking Federation (BWF), Fire Door Safety Week raises awareness about how third party-certificated fire doors prevent life-changing injuries. It also focuses on the legal responsibilities of building professionals when it comes to fire door safety.

Now in its fifth year, the campaign will highlight the critical role of fire doors in high rise buildings, houses of multiple occupancy and other types of shared accommodation.

Simon Gibbs, door closer technical manager at ASSA ABLOY UK, told Risk UK: “Fire Door Safety Week has been utterly crucial in emphasising how important fire doors really are and how they save lives. Although three million fire doors are installed every year in the UK, incorrect specification, poor installation and a lack of maintenance remain common problems. We hope that, by raising awareness among professionals involved in building design and safety, we can make these issues a thing of the past.”

Beginning at 9.00 am, the half-day event will conclude at approximately 1.00 pm with light refreshments available for all attendees.

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